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Grammy Awards 2008

Amy Winehouse an Early Winner at Grammys | Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse an Early Winner at Grammys

Originally posted 02/10/2008 06:40PM

She's not in L.A. to accept her awards in person, but Amy Winehouse was an early winner at Sunday night's 50th annual Grammy Awards.

The pop singer – whose visa issues kept her in London, where she'll perform via satellite – won best pop vocal album and best female pop vocal performance in awards handed out before the show (which airs at 8 p.m. ET on CBS). Click here for a list of the latest winners.

Mark Ronson, who produced Winehouse's breakthrough album Back to Black, won producer of the year and called the 24-year-old singer "an amazing inspiration and has so much to do with the fact that I'm standing up here accepting this award."

Other early winners: The White Stripes, who scored two, Bruce Springsteen (with three), Justin Timberlake and Maroon 5.

Keep checking back to PEOPLE.com for all the latest updates!

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Grammy Awards 2008: The Winners List | Amy Winehouse

Grammy Awards 2008: The Winners List

Originally posted 02/10/2008 06:00PM

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All Eyes on Kanye West, Amy Winehouse at Grammys | Amy Winehouse, Kanye West

Grammy Awards 2008

All Eyes on Kanye West, Amy Winehouse at Grammys

Originally posted 02/10/2008 05:00PM

The Grammy Awards is celebrating its 50th anniversary – and this year's telecast promises plenty of what the Recording Academy offers best: thrilling live performances with an emphasis on unique musical pairings.

Nominee Kanye West was a late, but high profile, addition to the performance slate. The rapper, who leads the pack with eight nominations including album of the year, is expected to deliver a moving tribute to his mother, Donda West, featuring his hits "Stronger" and "Hey Mama," an insider reports. Many industry insiders consider West to be a frontrunner in several categories, including album of the year, for his third album, Graduation.

Also a leading nominee – and not immune to personal struggles herself – Amy Winehouse is tipped by many to be a frontrunner in several of the six categories for which she's nominated (including best new artist and record of the year for her hit "Rehab"). And while the beleaguered Brit scored a visa late Friday afternoon, she won't be making the transatlantic flight; instead, Winehouse will be performing at the ceremony via satellite. "I'm really sorry I can't be there but I appreciate that I'm being given a second chance via satellite," Winehouse said in a statement.

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Stars Flock to Grammy Pre-Parties | Carrie Underwood, Fergie

Stars Flock to Grammy Pre-Parties

Originally posted 02/10/2008 02:45PM

With the 2008 Grammys on Sunday, the stars began to party early, hitting a bevy of Hollywood hotspots and events on Friday and Saturday.

At Friday's PEOPLE/Verizon Wireless kickoff party, Pink, dressed in a top hat, smoked cigarettes and drank cocktails with girlfriends while best new artist nominee Taylor Swift performed. Fergie worked the red carpet in pin stripes, while Miley Cyrus, dressed in red and white, joked to PEOPLE that her dad said her dress looked, "like a Valentine!"

Inside, Lindsay Lohan hung out with Travis Barker before getting introduced to Cyrus. The former teen queen and the reigning teen queen chatted, giggled and snapped pictures in the VIP balcony. Below fans screamed "I love you," to the Hannah Montana star.

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Amy Winehouse Gets U.S. Visa After All! | Amy Winehouse

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Amy Winehouse Gets U.S. Visa After All!

Originally posted 02/08/2008 05:15PM

The U.S. government has reversed its decision and is saying "yes, yes, yes" to granting Amy Winehouse a visa for Sunday's Grammy Awards.

But because of the tight timing, reps for the nominee say she's going to stick to her plan to perform live via satellite from London.

"Unfortunately, due to the logistics involved and timing complications, Amy will not be coming to the U.S. this weekend to perform at the Grammys in Los Angeles, however she will still be performing via satellite broadcast from London as previously announced this morning," her U.S. rep says in a statement.

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Amy Winehouse 'Excited' for Grammy Performance | Amy Winehouse

Grammy Awards 2008

Amy Winehouse 'Raring to Go' for Grammy Video Performance

Originally posted 02/08/2008 11:50AM

Although Amy Winehouse won't be able to appear in person at this year's Grammy Awards, she says she can't wait to sing live from a London studio.

"I'm raring to go and really excited to be performing at my first Grammy Awards," Winehouse said in a statement released Friday.

It was announced on Thursday that U.S. officials in London would not issue her a work visa to enter the United States.

"I'd like to thank everyone for their support over the last couple of weeks. I'm really sorry I can't be there but I appreciate that I'm being given a second chance via satellite," said Winehouse, who is nominated for six Grammys, including record of the year and best pop vocal album for Back to Black.

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Kanye West Plans to Salute Mom at Grammys | Kanye West

Kanye West Plans to Salute Mom at Grammys

Originally posted 02/08/2008 06:00AM

Three months after his mother's sudden death, Kanye West is planning an emotional tribute performance at the Grammy Awards.

The rapper – who's up for eight nominations, including album of the year and rap album of the year for Graduation – has not been officially announced as a performer for the Feb. 10 awards show.

But an insider tells PEOPLE that West, 30, had a rehearsal at the Staples Center Thursday afternoon, performing a moving medley of his hits "Stronger" and "Hey Mama."

West's mother Donda died of heart disease and other factors Nov. 10, one day after undergoing cosmetic surgery. She was 58.

Amy Winehouse To Perform at Grammys Via Satellite | Amy Winehouse

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UpdatePosted 02/07/2008 04:45PM

Amy Winehouse Denied U.S. Visa, Won't Attend Grammys

Originally posted 02/07/2008 02:55PM

Amy Winehouse will not be attending the Grammy Awards this weekend because she's been refused permission to touch down on American soil – but she will be performing via satellite.

The troubled singer will perform and accept any awards via video feed, EW.com reports, citing a music executive involved with the Grammys.

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Fergie to Duet with John Legend at Grammys | Fergie, John Legend

Fergie to Duet with John Legend at Grammys

Originally posted 02/05/2008 02:00PM

Fergie will duet with John Legend at the Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy has announced, unveiling yet another high-profile pairing scheduled for the Feb. 10 telecast (CBS, 8 p.m. EST).

Other performances include a duet between Josh Groban and opera singer Andrea Bocelli; a classical/jazz segment that pairs nominee Herbie Hancock with Lang Lang; and a rock-and-roll showcase, dubbed the "Cornerstones of Rock" segment, set to feature John Fogerty, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard.

Meanwhile, the Recording Academy has also announced that presenters will include Miley Cyrus, Chris Brown and Grammy nominee George Lopez.

Other scheduled Grammy performers include the previously announced Beyoncé and Tina Turner match-up, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood and best new artist nominee Feist. –Brian Orloff

Amy Winehouse Visits U.S. Embassy for Visa | Amy Winehouse

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Amy Winehouse Visits U.S. Embassy for Visa

Originally posted 02/04/2008 01:50PM

Amy Winehouse briefly left rehab – to go to the American Embassy in London.

Accompanying her on the short visit, reports the BBC, were her father Mitch Winehouse and a nurse. Amy also looked healthier than she has in some time, said the news service.

Decked out in a white skirt and polka dot top – and her trademark beehive – the 24-year-old singer, who wishes to attend the Feb. 10 Grammy in Los Angeles, sought a visa to make her trip possible. Still, the process may not be all that easy.

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